Southwest Airlines passengers may experience delays or cancellations on Sunday due to emergency inspections following the explosion of an engine on one of the airline's 737s last week.
Southwest said that about 40 of the 4,000 scheduled flights were canceled because of the emergency fan blade controls. Meanwhile, the flight tracking website FlightAware revealed that about 414 Southwest flights or about 10 percent Sunday were late.
Southwest did not immediately say what part of the delays were tied to the engine inspections, or whether another problem contributed to the widespread disruption. In a statement, only the 40 cancellations were confirmed.
"When we announced the accelerated engine fan inspection program on Tuesday night, we said it would affect the operation," said Southwest's communications team. "We have minimized disruption to flights over the past week through measures such as proactive aircraft routes to cover open voyages and substitute aircraft use."
After the April 17 incident that killed 43 – year – old passenger Jennifer Riordan. Englisch: bio-pro.de/en/region/stern/magazine/…2/index.html Southwest has announced an accelerated ultrasonic inspection of the CFM56 rotor blades that propel the Boeing 737s that make up the entire Southwest fleet
abundance of caution and is expected to complete within the next 30 days, " Southwest said in a statement last Wednesday.
The Federal Aviation Administration later ordered inspections on the kind of engine that exploded.
Southwest said, however, that the cancellations are due to voluntary inspections – not the FAA's published on Friday. Directive.